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also the veterans. i will like to thank the city for doing this. we have been working with veterans groups in southern california. we are one of the indian nations that has a food bank ministry. veterans and family members are fighting in battles. they need to be more heard and seen and worked with. without the veterans, we not be -- we would not be here today. we are here today as people to let you know that we are here to
serve with all nations, all tribes. also, to support the city and any veteran unities you want to do. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i am with my people today. i asked and pray that you recognize that we still exist here. i hope. >> many of our grandfathers and grandmothers were slain for their land. a lot of people do not know the history. i have one question, where do we
stand with you? >> i have the privilege of helping to bring some of this with us. i wanted to clarify one thing. this group, living primarily among us, can document that they've lived here until 1834 in san francisco. before that, in 1775 they were here and greeted the spanish when they first arrived. that is documented by the people that stand before you. it is a rare and awesome opportunity. i urge you to get deep into that. i wanted to thank you for the resolution you are considering.
they have had some input and some concern about this. i also wanted to say that though i appreciate everything you have done and you have done about as much as you can, we really need to go further. we need to make sure that the promises can be fulfilled. one of the ways i see the potential for that is that you take more responsibility for the redevelopment process. there has been some discussion of that. mr. campeau's -- campos, you advance that. >> eighth part of our history that we do not like. we really value diversity in our culture in san francisco. the group before you has the quality. the most critical is that the forces us to look at our own
history. the flip side of that is an appreciation and joy for us being able to overcome the history of that we do not want to see. there are a few more speakers. >> thank you very much. >> good afternoon. i am the tribal chairperson of the nation. there was a sunrise ceremony. the power of prayer was unbelievable. the connect with all the light that us around us. i live in indian canyon. it is the only recognized indian land in the ohlone territory. we have opened it up to all indigenous people that are in need of land for ceremony.
at one time, it was of no difficult to have a ceremony. now, it is. i ask that you support the native people in the city of san francisco in any manner that you can. the power of ceremony, the place where ceremonies can take place, you will be amazed how it makes it so much easier when the light understands what you are trying to do. i am very happy to be here. i cannot encourage you enough to acknowledge the local indigenous people in this city and the entire ohlone territory that extends from here down to the big sur area.
so it is in a spirit. >> next speaker, please. >> my name is mary jean robertson. i am not ohlone. i have been doing a radio show in san francisco for over 37 years. it is called "voices of the native nations." those of us of our age were moved around by our parents a lot. i was born in new york. my brother was born in cleveland. we lived in los angeles and san jose. when i turned 21, it was very important to have a homeland. i chose this city as my city. i moved here and i have not lived anywhere else.
i have voted hear my entire adult life. i got to know all of you and enjoyed working with a lot of you over the years. there are some really strong friendships in the city. as a relocated native woman, my father always told me that one of the first things that you need to do when you move to a place is to honor and respect the original people who live there. we started as a ohlone profiles project. we are going to continue to inform people about the regional people of san francisco. that is a very important aspect of our city. we are such a strong, diversity. such a place where we encourage people from all over the world to come here. it is so important to have a
place for indigenous people to welcome all indigenous people from all over the world. the aboriginal people coming here. it is very important to have a space in the city for our original people to welcome other people to our city. thank you for all of the work you have done and keep up the good work. >> thank you, next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i would like to welcome home the ohlone back here. i feel very honored that they have come here to be with us and remind us of the richness of the history of our area that goes back 10,000 years. i want to thank those supervisors that have been
working with the ohlone profiles project to help recognize this rich history of the ohlone people. i want to encourage all of you to pass the resolution to include ohlone in all of the planning processes of the city. they are representative of the rich heritage that goes back so far and can lead us to a healthier life in the city. i hope the development that is going on will include them and a place for ceremony. a way to allow the ohlone people to share with us their knowledge and plan how some of that land will be used for ceremony and whatever other purposes. i want to thank you and
encourage each and every one of you to recognize this great opportunity to honor the ohlone and our own heritage in this city. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i am a vietnam veteran. i worked at post 69 over in the veterans building. i am here to support the ohlone nation. i would like to see them recognize. -- recognized. as a vietnam veteran, i did not fight to coming -- come back to this country to see that my native brothers and sisters were having struggles of their own. what we failed to do is to get respect. if we want respect, we have to
learn how to give it. i know that there are good people on this board. we always need more people to support that. as a vietnam veteran, i want to say to the ohlone the veterans, you have been invited to our meeting. we welcome them and support them and their struggles as well as the other tribes and nations in california. for those of you that do not know what this means, this is the four colors of man. father, sky, and mother earth. it was the african and that turned me on. the aboriginal gave me my heart. it was the european that gave me my sorrow. it was the american that sent me to war. it was the vietnamese that gave me forgiveness. may i forgive myself.
the elders are still waiting. so they still are. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. to the h ohlone -- the ohlone, then to supervisor eric mar. >> how do we place this on the projector? >> i am volunteer with the international indian treaty council for a little bit more than 20 years. i was born and raised here. my focus were on issues of native peoples whose homeland was in the san francisco area. i wanted to point out that the board of supervisors supported a resolution for federal recognition. i urge the board of supervisors to pass similar legislation.
it is imperative that you take everything that the speaker said to heart. this is their homeland. i am a volunteer with the california archaeological stewardship program and. you can see right here where hunters point is. it is a high concentration of this. these are their cultural treasures. most of them are under a lot of this. this is an opportunity to try to save what little is left of these ruins and ancient monuments and to let these people connect with their ancestors. that is something that they have been prevented from doing. private property lines of legally prevent native people from their journey in the sacred sites where their ancestors are. this is something that is very important. at hunters point, we have had
such a high concentration. i am just a volunteer. i am not a spokesperson. we do have some of information pertaining to the ohlone. there is an article here. i just wanted to pass these out to the supervisors. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i am a native of san francisco. i just wanted to say thank you. i am taking on a volunteer role with public access tv. the other day, i could not make the meeting. i am the president for public access. channel 29 and 76. i would like to say, thank you so much for passing and getting to our item the other day.
if you guys would like to know more about the public access through channel 29-76, they have an advisory board. please call on costs if you want to know what is going on with public access. thank you very much for putting us back on your agenda. >> neck speaker, please. >> my name is washington. i am asking the president to allow me one extra minute. but can be done, it has been done. i am supporting you very much. i have labeled this the most racist city in the united states. because i am an african american and been here all my life, i disapprove of the city government. i disapprove of the mayor that is leading.
i am their -- i was there when they have the unfinished agenda put on the shelf. no one has brought no resolution for the african-american community. i am appalled and i am pissed. i am not in no suit and tie. those two supervisors are responsible. i have seen no legislation from their office. not to say that there is not going to be none. i am here to tell the mayor, he do not care. my show is on channel 29. i did the interview with the mayor. i have another one was sophie. no one has stood up to the plate to say anything about the african-american community. not even my own people.
they do not have the time. they are going to have to be responsible. i am here as a regulator. the regulator comes with its dysfunctions. there is dysfunction at city hall, there is this function in my community, there is dysfunction in my race. i have been around for 27 years. i will be damned if i will let my kids have kids have kids that will come up in this race a city. -- racist city. >> thank you very much, mr. washington. thank you very much for your comments. mr. washington, i need to give every speaker the same amount of time. thank you very much, mr.
please respect the proceedings of this chamber. >> i am the executive director of the california roller sports association. i am here to express some support for something that was pretty controversial a few days ago. there was a plan to build paul archibald courts down there. i wanted to explain my point of view. since 1989, we have been a roller skating down there. it has been changed and redevelop and turned into what it is today. i have a chance to sit here and look at this place every friday. what a great place for a roller rink. many people have dreams and things that they look up and say, this would be a break rooom in blue.
when the issue came up about the bocce ball court the other day, it caught me by surprise. we have been trying to work on some kind of a plan. the idea was to make this a permanent situation. that could double for roller skating and ice skating. it could have swing dancing and other activities. the lot of people have ideas. when i saw the thing about bocce ball, it took me by surprise. to me, it was like, how could they do this? i have wanted to do this. the reality is that everybody looks at this and they see things that could happen. there is no way i am going to be able to do those things in the future anyway. the boccie ball court will provide activities for people anyway. it was great. who would have imagined that you
would see people on a wire zipping down. i just wanted to express my belated support. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> mr. president, madame clerk, members of the board, i am the newly installed program director for city hall fellows. many of you know who served in the role previous to me. i like to thank the mayor's office for continued support in the preparation of young people for careers in public service. two years ago, the board approve funding for people in san francisco this year. the fellows will take up their positions in the controller's office, public works, parks and recreation. san francisco is an inaugural member and we look forward to a
long and productive partnership as we look to ensure that our best and brightest college graduates are exposed to opportunities in public service careers. we thank you for the opportunity to serve the government of san francisco. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon, commissioners. a few weeks ago, this group broke down the charter reform. there was recommendations put down about why the decision was made. they vowed to improve their public process. i regret to inform you that this has not happened. the it group approve the new project. i am not against this project. i have not had enough information to see if this is a good idea. a private entity went to the
department with proposal for their favorite project. the department staff internally discussed this and said, why not? nobody else had to ask for this land. the roller skaters had asked in the past. public about which consisted of talking to the building owners and a few people in the area. the local residents said that they live there and they're building had never been asked about it. it was never listed at the end of the agenda with the other projects. there was no way for the public to know about it until three days before the project was approved. even before this went to the recreation and parks commission. here is the pattern we see over
and over again. inside projects. a research program is approved before the lineup -- before the public knows that that exists. we are losing our public parks and our public comments because of this. thank you. >> thank you. are there any other members of the public? >> i did not know whether you want to me -- >> i think you spoke already during public comment. i am happy to take that document. are there any other members of the public who wish to speak? general public comment is closed. we can move to items 31-43. i would like to sever item 37. item 40. take a roll-call vote on the balance of this adoption.
supervisor mar: aye. supervisor maxwell: aye. supervisor mirkarimi: aye. supervisor alioto-pier: aye. supervisor campos: aye. president chiu: aye. supervisor chu: aye. supervisor dufty: aye. supervisor elsbernd: aye. >> there are 10 ayes. >> the resolution has been adopted. >> this ought to rise as the recreation and parks department on the value of approximately 61,000 for the training foundation to build two bocce courts on the lawn. president chiu: i would like to refer this item to committee. this involves the exceptions of
a gift which i think would be a fun and free recreational use of the district. i want to thank the generosity of the laborers' union. there has been significant public conversation that i've reached done with the rest of this issue. i do understand that there is a desire for more conversation and out reached. item 40. >> the resolution urging the city planning department and redevelopment agency to develop specific protocols for ongoing collaborations with the ohlone people and other native curbs for the redevelopment of candlestick point. super president chiu: visor maxwell. supervisor maxwell: let me thank the ohlone people for coming here. it has been an educational process to see you. this resolution calls for the increased participation of native american groups during
the implementation of the candlestick point redevelopment project, which will unfold over the next 20-30 years. it builds on the strong commitment that the city has obligated itself and the project sponsor to. there are new general plan policies that speak to this issue. given the historical presence of the ohlone population in southeast san francisco, it is important that this project sparked a renewed interest in eight of american history and culture in our city as a whole. there will be a center that will bring about some recognition and some history of the ohlone people and other people in the area. president chiu: any additional conversations? this resolution is adopted.